Natural Building

A great accompaniment to the Permaculture Design Course, this is a thorough and highly practical introduction to the world of natural building.

Learn resourceful and ecologically-centered construction through fun building projects around the community garden and get some more tools under your belt for resilience and self-sufficiency.

Develop a confidence in building that you can apply to any backyard sustainability project or incorporate into permaculture design systems.

This term we will be focusing on light earth construction, also known as light clay straw. Light earth is an excellent natural insulation technique, similar in concept to strawbale and hempcrete and is sealed with clay or lime render. Well suited to our climate, it is fun, non-toxic and easy to use. And because it utilises conventional timber framing, it’s great for retrofitting existing structures. Focusing on the key principles that underpin natural building, we will build walls in miniature from the inside out. Starting with the timber framing, the light earth infill, then on to renders, plasters and natural paint.

Natural Building techniques and concepts covered:

  • Understand the principles of passive solar; thermal mass and insulation; breath-ability; seasonality; building appropriately for climate; embodied energy and ethical resourcing.
  • Learn light earth construction; sustainable carpentry; bottle walling; natural finishing techniques such as clay/lime renders, plasters and paints. Gain insight into foundations and drainage for small structures as well into other natural building techniques such as cob; strawbale; mudbrick; hempcrete and rammed earth/pise.

Throughout the 6 weeks there will be information on sourcing materials; a survey of traditional and resurgence natural building; theory and demonstrations; Q & A sessions and lots of hands-on-practice to really come to grips with the materials and techniques.

Come and see what natural building’s all about!

Classes will be held in person and Covid-19 measures will be in place.

Date: Tuesdays, 10th November – 15th December (6 weeks)
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street.
Fee: $250 (full) / $230 (Early Bird Discount, available until 29th October) / $220 (concession)

Tutor: Perri Campbell.

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